Worthing's Summer of Circus unveiled

Worthing Theatres have unveiled their latest Summer of Circus season, which includes a host of free outdoor performances by renowned circus companies, a wide range of workshops for all ages and skill levels and a variety of indoor productions at the Pavilion Theatre, running from June 8 to August 26.

Summer of Circus 2019: Belly Of The Whale - Mark Dawson Photography
Summer of Circus 2019: Belly Of The Whale - Mark Dawson Photography

Amanda O Reilly, head of culture for Adur & Worthing Councils, said: “The thrilling circus season will be launched in style with a free family fun day on Saturday, June 8, where everyone is invited to enjoy a variety of fun interactive stands, circus demonstrations by Poi Passion, face painting, a DJ and more exciting activities alongside two outdoor performances of Belly of the Whale performed by world renowned circus company Ockham’s Razor.

“The performers, like surfers on a wild sea, ride a giant semi-circular see-saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it constantly transforms – creating an ever-changing landscape. The company will also be leading a workshop within the structure so participants can try out moves featured in the show.

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“Other free outdoor performances on the Pavilion Promenade include the return of all-female circus company Mimbre, who will be performing Lifted (July 20); a collection of funny, poetic and surprising moments, which explore, in different ways, what it means when one body is carried by another. Trampoline artists Max Calaf Seve perform their latest show Dip (Aug 3) where three performers embark on an epic quest, giving life to everyday objects with breath-taking twisting tricks combined with funky tunes.

“Also returning to Summer of Circus is The Giant Balloon Show (Aug 24) by Dizzy O’ Dare. The company will take everything you know about balloons and will twist it into a highly entertaining show. They will also be leading a balloon modelling workshop for children on the day.

“Inside the Pavilion Theatre will be a selection of full-length circus productions by companies performing in Worthing for the first time. Chores (July 6-7) by Hoopla Cirque, is the heart-warming acrobatic comedy that follows the story of two brothers hanging out in their messy bedroom, but when they hear their mum approaching they have to hustle to get their jobs done! “Written and performed by circus artist Jess Love, Notorious Strumpet and Dangerous Girl (July 9) is the strikingly truthful tale of one woman’s voyage to connect with her convict past where twisted storytelling and spectacular circus combine in this dark moving comedy for adults.

“Hikapee Circus bring playful puppetry to the season in their beautiful show Look Up (Aug 17) which follows the story of Robyn, a child puppet who is curious about interacting with the outside world, encouraging others to look up away from their phones to see the life around them.

“Throughout the season there will also be a series of aerial taster sessions led by circus artist Carolyn Watt for adults (June 24) and children and young adults (July 29). Participants of all skill levels and body types are encouraged to learn how to use aerial silks and hoops in a fun and nurturing environment. In addition to this there is also a beginners’ flexibility taster session for adults (August 26),to encourage flexibility, strength and body awareness.”

Amanda added: “We wanted to ensure that this year’s Summer of Circus was accessible to as many people as possible so we programmed an eclectic range of free outdoor performances to make sure that everybody can enjoy this exhilarating art form.” Whilst outdoor performances are free, workshops and indoor productions are priced from £5-£12.50 on 01903 206206 or visit http://worthingtheatres.co.uk/circus.